Human Trafficking E-Focus Group Formed
At the June 2012 Gathering of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community in Detroit, human trafficking emerged as an issue of particular interest and involvement to some of the participants. Because the West Midwest Community covers a huge geographical area; Michigan to California, this makes it impossible to hold face-to-face meetings, so we conceived the idea of forming an e-focus group. Its purpose is to provide for persons to be part of the conversations to share information and resources, strengthen or connect existing networks, promote collaborative advocacy efforts and to learn from and encourage each other. There was a strong response to the invitation issued in the community e-newsletter. The present e-focus group has 33 members who are Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Associates, and colleagues from other women religious communities. The invitation to join remains open and individuals continue to respond.
Happy Birthday Obamacare! by Sister Mary Ellen Howard
An explanation of healthcare for the very poor Happy_Birthday_Obamacare.pdf
Sisters of Mercy Justice Newsletters
The Institute newsletter for March-April covers Keystone Pipeline Advocacy, Carbon Action Initiative, Military budget cuts, immigration, and more. Justice March-April_newsletter.pdf
The Institute newsletter for January-February covers mining, fracking, Awakening the Dreamer, immigrant justice and other issues. Institute_Justice_newsletter_Jan-feb_2012_issue.pdf
ELECTION 2012: An open letter to Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum from Pax Christi
The following open letter was sent today to Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum and signed by over 40 Catholic religious leaders and theologians. Pax Christi USA Executive Director Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN and Pax Christi International Co-President Marie Dennis were among the signers. Others include Rev. Bryan Massingale, STD, Rev. Jim Hug, SJ, Sr. Simone Campbell, Eric LeCompte, M. Shawn Copeland and James Salt. The letter was coordinated by our friends at Faith in Public Life. For more of this post ELECTION_2012.pdf
The Tragedy of Homelessness Continues in Sacramento
TRAGEDY ON THE RIVER Despite pledges to find safe ground for homeless campers, Sacramento kicked Tent City 2’s residents to the curb without options
By Nick Miller http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/content?oid=4787124
Article on Disasters and Financial Markets posted 3/23/11
The article by Jayati Ghosh
New Article Posted 12/22/2010 3:23 PM
A new article has been posted. It is "10 Things You should know About the U.S. and Human Rights." It is published by the ACLU.
10 Green Commandments for Mercy Hospitality 11/2/2010 3:07 PM
See this new document provided by Chicago's Care of Earth Task Force. This group has discussed environmental issues for years. They hope that these 'commandments' will spur you to action. They suggest you post them on your refrigerator so you will be reminded -- whether you eat alone, invite others for dinner, or plan a larger Mercy event.
New document posted: "Water Bubbling Up - The Samaritan Woman's Talent for Missionary Work 8/10/2010 3:22 PM
Eloise Rosenblatt, RSM's latest article explores how eco-feminism alters the standard interpretation of the Biblical narrative about the Samaritan woman's encounter with Jesus that considers the relationship between the theme of water and the empowerment of women. This article is found under the document section of this web page.
Water: Did You Know? A power point presentation. 7/26/2010 4:06 PM
This power point contains facts and photographs that are staggering and sobering about water, its demand, its supply and the intense problems surrounding our use of water, water shortage, and the absence of adequate, clean water in much of the world. Questions include "Did you know?" and "So what does it mean?" In closing it says simply, "now you know." Not so simple, now that we know, what are we going to do about it?
WMW Justice Team DVDs on Critical Concerns -- New addition to the list. 7/21/2010 3:02 PM
A list of justice-related DVDs can be found in the documents section of this web page. They are arranged alphabetically by critical concern. Each is annotated and includes the email address of the person from whom you can request the DVD you wish to view. The Justice Team hopes you find this helpful. Any questions or feedback you have will be appreciated. A new addition was made on 07-21-2010.
Reflection -- Be in Awe of Our World and Our Interconnectedness with It 6/4/2010 11:12 AM
This reflection with extraordingary photographs, many from the Hubble Telescope, accompanied by music will literally take you out of this world. Take a few minutes of quiet reflection on the gift of the world God has given us and our interconnectedness with it. Its title begins with "web page..."
Reflections on the Gulf Coast Oil Spill 6/2/2010 11:14 AM
See document section for reflection, prayer, facts, and resources about the tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This document was provided by Sr. Rose Marie Tresp, Justice Coordinator, Sisters of Mercy South Central Community. This community has many members residing and ministering on the Gulf Coast.